My girfriend and i just bought a 1990 tempo. upon trying to get an ignition key, the local shop was out of blanks...so we decided to wait till they got them in. unfortunitly, we have "misplaced" the only key we had. i have called the local dealership and due to the age of the car, they cant make one from the VIN. i can get a new cyclinder and keys from autozone, but havent a clue on how to change this. can someone possibly give me some guideance on how to do this or where to find info on how to do this. thanks in advance for your time.
Hi. Had a similar problem when I bought a car. Guy selling it had no keys. He already changed the ignition cylinder with one from local parts store (he drilled out the old one. It seemed to work, but I don't know if its the right way). I still didn't have the keys to the door. I removed the lock cylinder from the door and took it to a locksmith. He made a key for about $25. On some cars, the door and ignition are the same key, so this may have worked to get me an ignition switch. I still need to take out the trunk cylinder to get a key (its different than the door). I hope the electric switch keeps working. I know this is late, but thought I would post it.
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Try to start again, then when the engine is start, remove the negative or positive battery cable, and if the engine die, the alternator is failed., and if not dying, alternator still good. But for me the way you said, I'm 100% your alternator is died. Need to replace a new one. And if you know how to solder, just remove and replace the brusses( carbon) by soldering. ok
Almost any model of Ford is known for it's defective ignition switches.They have even been known to cause fires in the steering column and dashboards.My recommendation is to replace it as soon as you can.
Contact your local Ford dealer. They may make you tow the car in or just provide proof of ownership (registration, bill of sale etc) that has the VIN number on it. They can find the right key with the VIN. Hope this answers your question. Best of luck.
key code is on metal tag or plastic tag in glove box with owner manual packet. Also, dealer who sold car new has code in sales folder.
ALso, call Ford Customer service. They may have it. Kind of old though, but try.
The best thing you can do is to probably make him work a few odd jobs to start paying you back for the $75 it's probably going to cost to have a locksmith come out to re-key the ignition cylinder. Without the original key, you can't even remove the old ignition cylinder to replace it with an aftermarket one, so a locksmith is probably the best way to go. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that's about all you can do at this point, shy of replacing the entire steering column, or trying to break the existing cylinder so that you can replace it with a new one. Hope this has proven useful. Try to have yourself a nice evening!
Oh yeah...don't be too hard on him. I lost the keys to my '85 Nissan 300ZX Turbo 3 times before I finally learned my lesson. Kids will be kids...but I'd still make him pay for it...lol.